Twenty of Coleg Llandrillo's enterprising students recently took part in the Business department's annual 'Dragons' Den Challenge' competition.
Four teams of BTEC Level 3 Business students battled it out to be crowned winners of the entrepreneurial contest. After intense deliberation from the panel of three judges, the winning concept was announced as 'Fezzie Bezzie Bands'.
The victorious business model consisted of a wristband that connects wirelessly with other bands through GPS, thus solving the problem of trying to find friends at festivals, family members on holidays, school pupils on organised trips etc.
The trophy-winning team of six's idea beat off competition from three other groups. The runners-ups' business models were: an app entitled 'Tricks of First Aid', where users can search for information on their individual problem/illness, saving the NHS money and resources; alcoholic smoothies sold from a van at festivals, events etc. and an app for tourism in North Wales. All the students involved put in months of work and preparation before competing.
The winning team comprised Grace Mitchell, 18, from Llandudno, Hannah Williams (18, Old Colwyn), Eben Van Der Schyff (18, Conwy), Subhaan Sohail (16, Rhyl), Vitor Fernandes (16, Rhyl) and Marcus Chalk (16, Old Colwyn), who were each awarded a trophy.
The judges were Karen Aerts (Coleg Llandrillo's enterprise officer), along with two local entrepreneurs, Sasha and Liz.
Winning team member,Hannah Williams, said:
We are delighted to have won the annual competition. We knew we had a strong concept, but to come out victorious against such strong opposition was amazing. We are now hoping that it will accelerate the development of our concept. We will soon have a meeting with one of the judges to help or ideas become reality.
Tutor and Business programme leader at Coleg Llandrillo, Stephanie Harding, said:
It's always exciting to run an enterprise competition for young people; their creativity and enthusiasm is contagious. There was an excellent range of entries and the judges were impressed by all the teams' ideas, but firmly agreed that the GPS wristband idea was a worthy winner.
For more information on our courses in Business, please contact the college's Learner Services team on 01492 542 338.